No Safe Place for Media in Mexico after latest Murder of Journalist, Says IFJ

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today

expressed its deep consternation and shock following the murder of Mexican

Journalist Norberto Miranda Madrid, Director of Radio Vision's Web page, who

was gunned down in the Mexican town of Casas Grandes,

in Chihuahua State. The Federation says the killing

confirmed that Mexican journalists are no longer safe from violence, not even

inside the newsrooms. 

Norberto, a crime reporter, was shot dead, execution

style, on Thursday 24 September in his radio's newsroom in the town of Casas Grandes on the Mexican border with United States,

by a commando group of five heavily armed men who station around ten in the


 "We condemn this latest appalling crime against

Mexican journalists and demand that authorities offer full guarantee to our colleagues

who need to exercise their professional tasks in safety", said Gregorio

Salazar, Director of IFJ Latin America Office. "This murder, committed at work

place, has shown there is no safe place for journalists in Mexico. Our

colleagues in Mexico

are denied fundamental rights by criminal gangs and drug traffickers."

According to witness reports confirmed by official

sources, Norberto Miranda Madrid, who was also a columnist for the a number of

Mexican dailies under the penname of El Gallito  died on the spot after having been shot

several times with assault weapons and   guns.

I recent weeks, Miranda Madrid reported on crime in the

North West area of the state, especially in Casas Grandes, located 180 km of

Ciudad Juarez, where at least 25 people have been murdered during the month of

September. Several journalists reported fled to the United

States of America in 2008 after he had received death

threats in Mexico.

For more information contact the IFJ at +32 2 235


The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists in 123 countries worldwide